Tanaiste Leo Varadkar arriving at Dublin Castle for a cabinet meeting this morning; Róisín Shortall on the plinth at Leinster House this afternoon
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall has asked the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to “immediately clarify remarks” he made in which he said he worked at the national maternity hospital and that “some people” were failing to acknowledge that Holles Street is a “Catholic-ethos hospital”.
Deputy Shorthall said:
“There is a very simple reason that people are not acknowledging this. Mr Varadkar is wrong. Holles Street was never a Catholic-run, or owned, hospital.
“The national maternity hospital in Holles Street was set up by Royal Charter in 1903. That Charter makes no reference to Catholic ethos. This is why services contrary to Catholic ethos – like sterilisation and IVF – are performed.
“Contrary to this, St Vincent’s is most definitely a Catholic-ethos hospital and declines to provide women a full range of medical services – like sterilisation or even contraception – for that reason.”
Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Pro-Life protesters pray to end abortion while standing opposite Holles Street Maternity Hospital.
Holles Street, Dublin 2.
Members of Our Lady of Lourdes Protectors anti-abortion protest group kneel in prayer against the provision of termination facilities at the National Maternity Hospital.
The minister has been informed of the issue and the Department of Health acknowledged the “distress” that the parents have experienced as a result of the events.
In a statement, Holles Street said it does not comment on individual cases. It confirmed that it has asked the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review a recent case at the hospital.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Britain has told RTÉ News that it has not yet received a formal approach to undertake the review into the circumstances of a termination of pregnancy at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street.
The RCOG said in a statement: “Should an approach be forthcoming, this will be considered in the usual way.”
No formal approach to expert UK group over termination case (RTÉ)
External review over termination of pregnancy at NMH (RTE)
Outside the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, Dublin 2.
The Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is back.
Previously: Blanket Coverage
Via Darragh Doyle
Mark Sugrue writes:
The ICBR have been picketing Dublin maternity hospitals and each of them has a body worn camera filming the public. I’d like to raise awareness of the fact that, if they record you, you have the right to a copy of that video (and they have to manually blur out everyone else, which is expensive and takes them ages, meaning they have less time to picket). All the details you need to make a request are here.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Dr Rhona Mahony at the opening of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, February 2015
Not so fast.
A report by the Health Information and Quality Authority on the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin has found overcrowding and very poor hygiene. To wit:
READ: Report of inspections at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
HIQA finds poor hygiene and overcrowding at Holles Street hospital (RTÉ)
National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
Today, we learn of a woman’s life being saved as a result of the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy
The Pro-Life movement tried to warn us but would we listen?
First abortion carried out under new legislation (Paul Cullen, Irish Times)
Holles Street to investigate breach of patient confidentiality (RTÉ)
The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, this evening.
A sometimes fatal airborne mould has been discovered in the walls of the neonatal unit of Holles Street Hospital, Independent.ie has learned.
The mould, called aspergillus, was found during preparation building works for a new theatre development at the Dublin city centre hospital where 10,000 babies are born every year.
EXCLUSIVE: Dangerous mould found in national maternity hospital (Independent)